The thought of having bed bugs can cause feelings of panic and disgust in all of us!  It is a common misconception that bed bugs, as well as other insects, are attracted to dirty homes.  This is a complete falsehood. Bed bugs are not picky guests. They thrive in all environments. 

 Unfortunately, it is very easy to contract bed bugs. So easy in fact, that you can get them just by going to the movie theater or staying in hotels while traveling.  Once bed bugs find their way into your home, they can be very difficult, but not impossible to eradicate. Like all unpleasantness, prevention is the best policy.   

Helpful Tips on How to Keep a Bed Bug Free Home

It is important to become familiar with preventative measures to protect your home from bed bugs.  Some helpful and effective prevention measures include the following techniques:

1. Declutter your home.

While it is true that bed bugs are not attracted to filthy homes, they are able to stay well hidden in a cluttered space.  Decluttering your home will make it difficult for them to hide if they should find their way into your home.

2. Essential oils. 

Essential oils can be an effective deterrent when trying to prevent a bed bug infestation in your home.  Some helpful essential oils used to discourage bed bugs are cinnamon, lavender, peppermint, clove, lemongrass, tea tree, thyme, and eucalyptus.

3. Travel. 

While traveling, it may be necessary to stay in a hotel.  Be sure to inspect your hotel room for signs of bed bug activity. Try to avoid placing luggage on the floor by storing it on the luggage rack or in the bathroom while you check your hotel room.   Look in the folds of the mattress for dark brown spots as these are left by bed bugs. Also, inspect upholstered furniture in the room. Request another room if you find any signs of bed bug activity. 

Bed bugs are known as “hitchhikers” and will attach themselves to anything possible including luggage and clothing so it is important to thoroughly inspect your belongings prior to bringing them inside your home. 

 A small handheld steamer can be used to help eliminate any that may have attached themselves to your belongings. Drying your clothing in a hot dryer will help kill bed bugs, too.

4. Used and discarded furniture.

Pre-owned furniture may be contaminated with bed bugs. Avoid discarded furniture and carefully inspect second-hand furniture before making a purchase.   If you decide to bring home used furniture, be sure to treat with an effective treatment product prior to using the piece in your home.

5. Visitors

Inspect your guest room and all upholstered furnishings after you’ve had friends and family visiting overnight.  They may have picked up bed bugs in their travels prior to arriving at your home.

Conclusion

Bed bugs are an ever-increasing problem all across the U.S.  There are several measures we can employ to prevent bed bug infestations in our homes. They can easily attach themselves to our clothing, purses, and backpacks.  They can be brought home from public places including schools, libraries, movie theaters, hotels, and restaurants. 

If you have reason to believe that you have been exposed to bed bugs, Bug Guys Pest Control is a small locally owned business that specializes in the detection and eradication of bed bugs.  They have a staff of highly trained professionals that are able to offer multiple treatment plans if bed bugs are detected. Call today to schedule a free inspection with Bug Guys Pest Control.